While most people are aware of what habits like smoking and junk food can do to their health, and how detrimental they can be, they are among some of the bad habits that we might be practicing either deliberately or not that can gradually sabotage our well being.
Some of these habits can be difficult to spot, particularly if they take part in our everyday routine. As the harmful effects of these habits won’t kick in right away, they are considered to be more dangerous to our health than imagined.
That is why we decided to gather these 12 of the most common daily habits that slowly but surely will ruin your health; however, if you want to lead a long life, being aware and preventing all that is going to be mentioned from happening is vital.
Keeping your wallet in your back pocket
It may come as a huge surprise to see this item on the list. Your wallet has always lived in your back pocket wherever and whenever right? This act of putting a wallet in your back pocket may seem insignificant; however, it triggers a chain of reaction that affects your health, even if you sit on it for a short period. Sitting on your wallet puts pressure on your spine, which causes it to be out of alignment. In the end, you will be experiencing chronic back pain, functional scoliosis, and sciatica.
Bringing electronics into bed with you
Researches that were done recently by specialists suggest that using electronics before sleep suppresses the discharge of the sleep-inducing hormones, which makes it more difficult to fall asleep, and takes a toll on the quality of the sleep you get. Also, a poll that was conducted by the National Sleep Foundation suggests that a percentage of 89 adults and 75 children keep at least one electronic device in their room.
The downsides of using electronics do not stop there; they cause their user extreme exhaustion during the day plus weight gain. Not only that, but using them also influences a person’s productivity levels, learning capacities, and stress levels. That is why, to improve the quality of your sleep and protect yourself from harm, try to keep at least one hour between the use of your electronic device and your sleep time.Washing your hands with hot water
People have always assumed that washing your hands with hot water is more efficient at removing bacteria than washing them with cold water. However, studies and researches established that no matter the temperature of the water, it will be sufficient to take care of the bacteria present in the hands. Be it a temperature of 38°C or 16°C, it is not relevant when washing one’s hands. “Hot water kills bacteria” that is a faulty attitude to adopt because only burning water, which is used to disinfect something like medical tools, can do that and it is not something that our skin can handle. Plus, it has been proved that cold water is more beneficial for our skin. Knowing that, it is better to start washing your hand with cold water because warmer water can inflame the skin and affect its protective layer, which causes it to be less immune to bacteria.
Drinking from plastic bottles
Among the reasons why consumers resume their purchasing of bottled water despite the environmental impact it has, is due to the perception that bottled water is of higher quality. However, drinking from disposable plastic water bottles is bad not only for the environment but for one’s health too. Drinking from plastic bottles raises the risk of chemical release in the water inside your bottle, resulting in toxicity. What happens is that when the heat is directed at the bottle, it causes the toxic chemical (bisphenol A) present in the plastic to be released into the water, which you end up downing not aware of the fact that the water is contaminated. The bad news is that the constant consumption of such water affects your endocrine system and raises the risk of you being diagnosed with endometriosis and breast cancer.
Consuming your food too quickly
Studies show that chewing at a faster rate can pave the way to numerous health complications. For example, it may add an extra size to your waistline and may raise the risk of you getting heart diseases, diabetes, and strokes.
When you eat at a faster pace, the body doesn’t get an opportunity to indicate to your brain that you are getting full. The hormones that signal to the brain that you are full can take 15 to 20 minutes to kick in; therefore, people who eat fast tend to eat more than necessary, which is why they end up getting sick.Brushing your teeth right after eating
While it can be a good idea to brush your teeth after each meal, you should probably wait for some time until you do. As multiple studies show that brushing your teeth immediately after eating, can in some cases harm your tooth enamel and wear your teeth out. If it happened that you consumed something acidic, you should avoid brushing your teeth for about 30 minutes afterward because at that time the teeth are in a sensitive state.
The reason why you should wait it out is because there is this process within that time where our bodies are balancing the high acid levels within the food with the help of our saliva. It’s best to let the saliva do its job and balance the high acid levels before you brush your teeth because you can do them more harm even if you brush them gently. However, for people who can’t wait for long, you still have the option of rinsing your teeth with water or chewing some sugarless gum till your teeth recover their strength.
Cleaning your ears with cotton swabs
Using a cotton swab deep in the ear canal pushes the earwax more profoundly inside your ear. One problem is that if you push the wax deeper inside, there’s no way for it to get swept out of the ear; that can cause on the long run infections, perforated eardrums, impacted earwax, and tinnitus. Earwax has many beneficial properties; for example, prevention of dust and dirt from entering your ears. Usually, you don’t need to ever clean the wax out of your ears because there’s a natural cleaning system in the ear canal that clears it out. Also, constant cleaning of ears with cotton swabs makes the ears much more exposed to harm. Nevertheless, if you still insist on cleaning your ears, the best way is by using something like a towel.
Using a hand dryer
It turned out that while bathroom hand dryers can be more environmental friendly than paper towels, they are excellent distributors of bacteria. You might not be aware of this fact, but when someone flushes the toilet with the seat open, a little bit of the bacteria-filled water can splash and spread in the bathroom. A study has found that those splashes can be sucked up by the hand dryers and blown directly onto your clean hands. The study concluded that many kinds of bacteria, namely pathogens and spores, can latch on hands exposed to bathroom hand dryers. That is why it is better to stick with the traditional way of drying hands, using paper towels.
Drinking too much juice
While fruit juice is often packed with vitamin C, you should avoid drinking large quantities of it. It is recommended to avoid overindulging in drinks such as orange juice. The reason being that these drinks tend to possess high levels of fructose, which could lead to tooth decay, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Even though drinking juice is considered to be a healthy habit, drinking too much of it can be bad. It doesn’t matter how beneficial it is, because even the highest quality juices out there still contain a high share of sugar.
Consuming too much salt
While salt is not necessary for food, it is definitely complementary and brings out the deep and rich flavor of the ingredients. However, the amount of salt you eat has a direct effect on health, which can lead to much-unneeded complications. Salt makes your body hold on to water; therefore, if you eat too much salt, the extra water stored in your body raises your blood pressure. The higher your blood pressure, the greater the pressure will be on your heart, arteries, and kidneys.
Sleeping too much
During sleep, your body is constantly operating to support strong brain function and maintain your physical health, and that is why it is vital to sleep well. The advised amount of good sleep that one should be getting is somewhere between 7 to 9 hours; however, what people seem to misunderstand is that oversleeping the approved amount is beneficial. The answer to that is no, not really. Studies confirmed that oversleeping can increase the risk of many health issues, namely higher rates of death, depression, heart conditions, weight gain, and impaired brain functioning.
Sitting down all day
Sitting down for a long time has been linked with several health concerns, including obesity and several other conditions. Sitting doesn’t necessarily require the use of energy, implying that you don’t burn as many calories while you are sitting down. However, that would take a huge toll on your body leading to several health conditions, among them premature mortality, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and obesity. Therefore, if you are someone whose job requires you to sit for an extended amount of time, it is recommended that you get up to stretch from time to time to reduce the effects that sitting for too long would have on you. For example, you can take a few short walks just to break the routine.
Did you recognize yourself as someone guilty of doing any of these harmful habits? If so, hope you got to learn something from this article. Stay safe.